GRANITE FALLS — The Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Western Minnesota will hold its second annual gathering, “Owning Your Story: Connecting the Communities of the Yellowstone Trail” on Friday, Nov. 22, at the American Legion in Granite Falls.

The event will begin with a 5 p.m. social hour. At 6 p.m. an opening welcome will be provided by alliance board member and event emcee Jess Gorman followed by a keynote presentation from Neil Linscheid.

Linscheid is an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality and a 2017 Bush Fellow. His presentation will detail the positive demographic trends and opportunities for creating a new rural narrative.

After a meal, Gorman and fellow alliance board member Patrick Moore will introduce attendees to the current and emerging assets of the 14 western Minnesota Yellowstone Trail communities.

JoDee Driggs and Tamara Isfeld will speak to the efforts of the Renville County West and Yellow Medicine East high schools’ new Yellowstone Productions, a project-based class to collaborate on the development of video and other promotional materials. The project is in partnership with Ridgewater College, Pioneer Public Television, Creative Details and other businesses, and it received Launch Your Future Today Pathways funding.

Moore will address the audience with a brief presentation titled, “Lessons from the Meander” about the Upper Minnesota River Valley art crawl held each fall.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

The Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Western Minnesota was initiated in January of 2018 in the interest of aligning arts, historic, cultural and recreational assets between communities using the Yellowstone Trail and its legacy as the connecting thread.

The Yellowstone Trail is the first coast-to-coast highway in the northern tier states. It runs approximately 3,600 miles from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound. In the state of Minnesota, it follows U.S. Highway 212 from the Twin Cities to Montevideo before meandering up state Highway 7 to Ortonville.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite (search: “eventbrite, connecting the communities of the yellowstone trail") or call 507-227-6002. RSVP by Nov. 18.